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Earth Day Concert

April 16, 2009

ARTech’s Earth Day Concert!

The Grand Event Center

7:00pm, Wednesday, April 22, 2009

 On Wednesday, April 22nd, ARTech Charter School will be hosting a concert in celebration of Earth Day. The concert begins at 7:00pm and is at the Grand Event Center.  In honor of Earth Day the audience is encouraged to walk, ride their bike or car pool to the event. 

 It will be an evening of music, dance and earth education.  Artists performing at the event are Siobahn Meehl, Dylan McKinstry, Pete Krausert, JABBERWOCKEY, the ARTech Middle School Choir and Ollin Ayacaxtly–an Aztec dance troupe.

 The concert is designed to have a zero carbon footprint. A carbon footprint is the measure of the amount of greenhouse gases, measured in units of carbon dioxide (CO2), produced by human activities. For example, the average North American generates about 20 tons of CO2-eq each year. The global average carbon footprint is about 4 tons of CO2-eq per year.

Students at ARTech have been planning the concert as part of an energy seminar taught by Todd Thompson.  Part of the seminar was an energy audit where the school’s carbon footprint was calculated and techniques for reducing energy use and utility bills were investigated. To prepare for this event, the seminar participants calculated how much carbon dioxide the concert will produce.  The major sources are electricity, heating (natural gas), and transportation.  (Other sources of CO2 are food, water, waste removal etc.)

 Admission for the event is $5 ($3 for students). People who walk or ride their bikes (or skateboards or …) will get a $2 discount on admission.  All of the money collected will be used to plant trees over the next couple of weeks to offset the carbon use of the concert and to beautify Northfield.

The concert is being funded in part by a grant from the Clean Energy Resource Team of the state of Minnesota.  ARTech is part of the Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon program.  You can check out this program at  

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